Clients often ask me "David , over the past 20 years in real estate, what is the hardest thing for you to do?"
That's a great question and the first thing that pops into my mind is writing my personal bio!
Being a second generation Realtor in the Hammerschmidt family, I grew up touring homes, had a garage full of my dad's yard signs. Helped sort through piles of paperwork and stapled things spread out on the ping pong table for the pre-license class he taught. My dad was a great Realtor. Everywhere we went us kid's knew it would take way longer than expected as dad would always stop and talk to EVERYONE! We would roll our eyes knowing it was going to be a while. He taught me the ethics and hard work required in real estate. It was never about the sale, it was always about helping people. And now it's what I love the most about real estate....the people. And life is always about helping others.
While I thoroughly embrace the ever changing market, technology, social media and systems that can help save my clients time and money, I still believe in the "old fashioned" activities of answering the phone, listening to my client's need's, questions and concerns. Negotiating offers face to face. And yes, also stoping and talking to people everywhere I go! Just ask my son Jack!
Growing up and raising a family in southwest Michigan my in depth knowledge of our wonderful, small communities coupled with my professional back round of 20+ years in real estate has helped me guide hundreds of families through the buying and selling process. I feel very fortunate to have known and worked with so many amazing people over the years and I'm thankful to be able to make so many long lasting relationships with my clients.
I always tell people if I ever sound like "that salesman guy", FIRE ME! Because the goal will never be just getting the sale. My goal will always be helping people in any way that I can. Helping people understand the real estate market and its challenges, guiding people through the buying and selling process so that they will always feel educated and confident in their decisions while also making it a fun and enjoyable adventure together! Whether it's your very first home or the I can't remember how many homes we've had, in any price range, it's important to me that my clients immediately sense that their satisfaction is my objective.
My wife Trudy always says that I go above and beyond. I consider my success directly connected to how much I can help people. I will always do what it takes to makes things right.
Always growing, always innovating. Selling residential and vacation homes, investment properties and commercial businesses. My recent partnership with @properties in St. Joseph is the perfect match for my business. I love what I do and look forward every day to whatever sort of challenges both life and real estate will bring me. I guess even writing my bio!!!
Clients are saying:
"David has helped us both buy and sell our homes! On the selling side, he is incredibly knowledgeable in the market and works hard to sell homes quickly and fairly. He has sold two houses for us now and our experience has been great! On the buying side, David was able to get us in to see houses quickly, which is important in our fast moving market. He negotiated hard for us to get our dream home and we know we wouldn't have gotten it if he wasn't our realtor. Most importantly, David is a genuinely nice guy and always honest. We have never felt like he was just looking to make a sale. He let us take our time in finding the right house and wasn't afraid to speak up if he didn't think a house would be the right fit with us. He was also great at organizing all the details of inspections, appraisals, etc. We couldn't imagine using anyone other than David to help us with our home buying experience and absolutely recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell in the Saint Joe and surrounding area!"
"David was outstanding! He is a very professional, caring and understanding. He was always prompt at returning calls and keeping appointments. He was never impatient with us even we were uncertain about what we were doing. Always honest and has a good listening ear. We will tell everyone about David and will highly recommend him to others. In a nut shell, David always went above and beyond his call of duty. David once told me his goal is to always be available for his clients and I truly believe he means that. Julie S."
"David knows the area well because he grew up here, and he was able to help us feel comfortable buying a home in this area because of his insights. It was a pleasure from start to finish to work with someone as professional and personable as David. David always returned our calls. He never seemed bothered by our constant questions. Kristen C."
"We loved David - we wish we could have taken him with us. Felt he was always upfront and honest with us. Also felt like he took a genuine interest in our family. Catherine Z."
"Once we signed with David we wanted to forget the duplex and the process of selling. David took complete control and management. He made the process easier than we ever could have imagined! Doug and Judy F."